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Dreams Are Buried Here...

A musical journey on the path of war in five parts
a unique international collaboration by Aeronaut (Belgium) • Artie Q (UK/USA) • Mindmovie (Germany)


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The making of...

In 2008, almost 100 years after the Great War, a belgian, english and german musician joined forces to create a 20 minute EP of music remembering the fallen.

Inspired by the green fields in the west of Flanders where thousands of soldiers who died in World War I are buried, I wrote a small poem about the lost dreams and unfulfilled lives of those fallen soldiers.

I asked my dear friend
Artie Q (Robin Thomas Quinn - UK) to record the spoken words. This inspired Robin also, and he asked me to send him the audio files of part 1, but at a faster bitrate. Since I program everything in midi, that was easy to do.
A couple of days later, Artie came up with "Falling", about an old man looking remembering his fallen comrades. This became part 3 of our growing suite.

My work on part 2, "Lament for the path of war", required an electric guitar for the hectic battle part, so we asked
Mindmovie (Achim Wierschem - Germany) to join our musical endeavor.
Inspired by our music, Mindmovie came up with part 5, for which Artie delivered some new vocal material.

The poppy pictures for the cover image were taken by my son Corneel.
The poppy is used as a remembrance symbol for the fallen soldiers of World War I.
"In Flanders Fields" is one of the most famous poems written during the First World War, and has been called "the most popular poem" produced during that period. It is written in the form of a French rondeau. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it on May 3, 1915, after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, the day before. The poem was first published on December 8, that year in Punch magazine.

We dedicate this music to all victims of war, and their families.

 
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Part I • Only The Wind

I. Only The Wind...

And somewhere
As moonlight falls upon these graves
We all turn silent and bow our heads
Too many, too young have died
Now, only the wind is whispering:
“Dreams are buried here...”


Words & Music: Jef De Corte
Vocals: Artie Q

Part II • Lament For The Path Of War

II. Lament For The Path Of War

Green fields and countless graves
Witness in silence
The broken dreams
Of a son,
a father,
a mother,
a daughter,
brother
or sister...
The path of war
Offers the road to glory
But often ends here
A place where dreams are buried...


This part starts with weeping voices, lamenting the violent confrontation to come. Instruments argue with each other and the drums of war start to sound, taking us to the violence and confusion of the battlefield. Suddenly this all stops for the soldier who is killed, leaving his unfulfilled life and dreams on the battlefield... and also those of his family and loved ones....

Unfortunately this piece has been mistakenly titled “Lament For The Part Of War” in the download stores.

Words & Music: Jef De Corte
Vocals: Artie Q
Electric Guitar: Mindmovie

Part III • Falling

III. Falling

So many fallen, Graves as far as the eye can see, And all their hopes and dreams are buried here, But one or two remain, And I am One.

What of tomorrow, will I be here?
Sunshine or Sorrow?

Falling Down, Falling Down—And Getting Up And
Falling Down, To The Ground
Haven't got a clue, just the thought of you, that's what gets me through, I'd be lost ... without you.

So into battle, we ask youth to die
Too many dreams lost and no-one knows why

Falling Down, etc

I sometimes wonder, why did I survive?
I mean, why me?
Haven't got a clue, just the thought of you, that's what gets me through, I'd be lost ... without you.


An old man surveys a sea of graves; they belong to his fallen comrades from a war long ago. He ponders why he survived and they didn’t. In the song, he returns to his youth and the horrors of the battlefield. It was not “faith” that kept his hopes alive in the heat of the battle, but the thought of seeing his beloved, again. Though he survives, one image is forever etched in his memory: Falling Down ... Getting Up and Falling Down.

Words & music written by Artie Q - inspired by part 1 by Jef De Corte.
Vocals & additional music: Artie Q

Part IV • What Of Tomorrow ?

IV. What Of Tomorrow?

What of tomorrow?
Haven’t got a clue...
What of tomorrow?
Just the thought of you,
(Dreams)
That’s what gets me through


What of tomorrow deals with 2 questions.
How do you go on when the unthinkable has happened, and your loved one has become a name on a wall, on a cross in an endless field,... How do you go on with your life?
“What of tomorrow?” is also a more global question. Will humanity ever be able to solve our differences without turning to violence? How many wars do we have to fight... How many dreams will be lost?

Words & Music: Jef De Corte
Vocals: Artie Q
Electric Guitar: Mindmovie

Part V • Just The Thought Of You

V. Just The Thought Of You...

Green fields and countless graves
Witness in silence the broken dreams

The path of war
Offers the road to glory
But often ends here
A place where dreams are buried...

Dreams are buried here...


And somewhere
As moonlight falls upon these graves
We all turn silent and bow our heads
Too many, too young have died
Now, only the wind is whispering:
What of tomorrow?
Haven’t got a clue...
What of tomorrow?
Just the thought of you,
(Dreams)
That’s what gets me through

And somewhere
When moonlight falls upon a little grave
All is silent
Only the wind is whispering:
Dreams are buried here...

A worthy conclusion to "Dreams...".
A remixed version of this piece also appears on the “An Ocean Of Dreams” CD by Mindmovie.
You can read more about this album in my art & design pages.

Written by Mindmovie - inspired by melodies by Jef De Corte.
Words by Artie Q & Jef De Corte
Vocals: Artie Q
Piano: Jef De Corte
Electric Guitar & additional music: Mindmovie

Thanks to Mindmovie for mastering all the music.

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“Dreams Are Buried Here...” EP is available on iTunes and other download stores.
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The pictures on this page are from flanders fields and from Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC.
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